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November 2006 No. 4


QLIF congress 2007

Improving sustainability in organic and low input food production systems


Training & exchange

Measuring food quality: concepts, methods and challenges


QLIF congress 2006

Papers and presentations at the Joint Organic Congress


QLIF research

Featured articles & new publications


News & notes

Correspondence on research and mediation




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News & Notes

Correspondence on research and mediation

Organic Eprints among 20 most preferred web sources

Food is getting healthier and better, thanks to EU research

European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding

Workshops on organic Food Quality and Health

Call for abstracts to NJF congress

Final SAFO Workshop

Final EISfOM publication

Proposals on Organic Inputs

Status for the Seventh Research Framework Programme



Organic Eprints among 20 most preferred web sources

The open access archive for papers related to research in organic agriculture, Organic Eprints, has been added to Scirus as one of 20 preferred web sources. Scirus is an Elsevier site recognized to be one of the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. The search engine covers 250 million science-related web pages

The addition of Organic Eprints to Scirus list of preferred web sources means that the archive now range in same category as the archives of NASA, arXiv.org e-Prints, BioMed Central, CogPrints and other leaders in the field.

More information can be found at http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/aboutus/#orge


Food is getting healthier and better, thanks to EU research

Research results showcased in Brussels demonstrate how research is helping to make our food healthier and of better quality. New research shows that organically produced food has a higher nutritional value than conventional. Although the health benefits of fish and seafood due to omega-3 are well known, another project has discovered that there are other important health-giving components in these foods. Researchers have also been looking at improving the welfare of farm animals, not only because consumers are demanding higher standards of welfare, but also because good conditions can significantly improve the quality of our food.

More about the research at http://www.ec.europa.eu


European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding

In order to work on the development of organic animal breeding, an new European association with the name: 'European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding' (Eco-AB) has been set up, parallel to the already existing European Consortium for Organic Plant Breeding (Eco-PB).

The goal of Eco-AB is to stimulate organic agriculture through animal breeding directed at the needs of organic farming systems.

Further information on the new association can be obtained from Wytze Nauta, Louis Bolk Institute, The Netherlands.


Workshops on organic Food Quality and Health

On May 29th 2006 the International Organic FQH Research Association (FQH) had a one-day workshop in Odense concerning food quality concepts and food quality parameters in organic research. 30 participants from 10 different countries joined this workshop. A summary and downloads can be found at the FQH homepage.

For further steps in the scientific work of FQH the participants agreed to have another workshop, which are scheduled for March 20th 2007 in Stuttgart-Hohenheim.


Call for abstracts to NJF congress

The coming 23 congress of NJF (Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists) is to be held in Copenhagen, June 26-29, 2007.

One of congress session will deal with "challenges and limitations in organic farming". Deadline for abstracts is 1 February. Further information at http://www.njf2007.dk/


Final SAFO Workshop

The FP5 concerted action on "Sustaining Animal Health and Food Security in Organic Farming" (SAFO) has now been finalized. In connection with the 2006 congress, SAFO conducted its fifth and final workshop. The workshop programme included a summing up of the outcomes of SAFO, discussions on the topics arising from activities in the SAFO network, and discussions on organic inspection and certification.

Papers and presentations from all SAFO workshops are available at www.safonetwork.org


Final EISfOM publication

The EU concerted action on European Information System for Organic Markeds" (EISfOM) has been also been finalized. All EISfOM publications including the final recommendations from the various project activities are available at www.eisfom.org.


Proposals on Organic Inputs

The project period for "Organic Inputs Evaluation" has likewise expired. The final proposals of the project are now posted on the project website: www.organicinputs.org.


Status for the Seventh Research Framework Programme

On November 30, the European Parliament adopted the EU proposal for research and development funding for the period 2007-2013 and in mid December the Council is expected to make the final adoption of the proposal. See press release from the European Parliament.

The new "Seventh Research Framework Programme" (FP7) will be the main EU instrument for funding scientific research; it will have a budget of more than €54 billion over its seven-year life. CORDIS has established a separate FP7 webpage providing access to all aspects of programmes, including a new webpage for FP7 guidance and support.